Delivering an expression of appreciation

When terrorists attacked the United States on the morning of Sept. 11, first responders rushed to the scenes of the attack, with many first responders losing their lives in the quest to save others. The Land O’ Lakes Rotary Club marked the anniversary of those terrorist attacks this year by delivering breakfast to first responders at a fire station in Lutz and to a fire station in Land O’ Lakes. … [Read more...]

A memorial to honor the victims of 9/11

A 9/11 Memorial Service was held at Zephyr Park, 38116 Fifth Ave., in Zephyrhills, on the morning of Sept. 11 honored the memory of the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The event included local elected leaders and dignitaries, as well as the Zephyrhills High School JROTC Honor Guard and the Marine Corps League Sgt. Maj. Michael S. Curtain Detachment 1124, based in Zephyrhills. About 100 … [Read more...]

This group stitches together a bit of camaraderie

Members of the Knitting Plus More group come together on Tuesday afternoons at the Hugh Embry Library in Dade City to work on their personal projects, chit chat, discuss ideas and share useful information. Occasionally, they work on projects together, such as making hats for infants in the hospital. There is no cost to join and people of all skill levels — even those with no experience —are … [Read more...]

Hundreds battle it out, using color as their weapon of choice

Usually, kids aren’t encouraged to throw paint at each other, but that’s the whole point of the annual Color War at Idlewild Baptist Church in Lutz. Hundreds of kids turned out and their enthusiasm for the activity was obvious. … [Read more...]

Making moves, enjoying tunes at the Summer Sock Hop

Dancers at the Summer Sock Hop at the Lutz Senior Center are living proof that age is just a number and you’re only as old as you feel. About 90 people turned out for the dance, on Aug. 25, at the senior center, 112 First Ave., N.W., in Lutz. The senior center is open to people age 50 and older, and in addition to hosting special events each quarter, the center offers an array of classes and other … [Read more...]

Colorful ballet captivates audience in Wesley Chapel performance

Dancers wearing intricate costumes moved with precision during a compelling performance from the famous Kuchipudi Ballet, ‘Kalyana Srinivasam,’ on Aug. 25 at the Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel, 30651 Wells Road. This was the first time the ballet was performed in the Tampa Bay area. The free event featured detailed choreography, storytelling, singing, music, and the classical Indian dance … [Read more...]

Grand opening ‘Pawty’ of the Beach House Bark Park

Residents at Beach House at Wiregrass Assisted Living & Memory Care, at 30070 State Road 56 in Wesley Chapel, now have ‘Bark Park,’ a fenced area outdoors, where they can take their favorite four-legged companions. Everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves at Bark Park’s grand opening ‘Pawty.’ The facility is pet-friendly. Staff members there believe in the value of pet therapy and frequently … [Read more...]

Putting their pickleball skills to the test

Pickleball is a paddle game that combines elements of table tennis, traditional tennis and badminton. It’s a fast-paced game, which is gaining in popularity. The game is played indoors at the Land O’ Lakes Recreation Complex, at 3032 Collier Parkway, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from August through May, with lessons available from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., and open play from 10 a.m. to 1:30p.m. Equipment is … [Read more...]

School’s back in session

A new academic year has begun and the students at Sanders Memorial School, a STEAM Magnet School, at 5126 School Road in Land O’ Lakes, seemed eager to get back to learning. Kids streamed out of buses and up the sidewalks, as they made their way to start the 2018-2019 school year.                     … [Read more...]

Kids get new looks as they head back to school

My Salon Suite, at 20707 Center Oak Dr., in Tampa, partnered with Dr. Bou Pediatrics and Young Chef’s Academy to give kids a chance to get their hair cut, just in time to head back to school. Those donating school supplies could get free haircuts. The event also featured face painting, frozen treats and a bouncy house. The donations collected will benefit Metropolitan Ministries and Quail Hollow … [Read more...]